A collection of short stories to capture a mix of emotions. -
Miss Fruitcake's Apple Blossom, Caveman, A C4 on the BW, Growing Pains, A Passing Moment, A Further Moment, Warrior Chick, The Last Page. More
There is always two phases to a story. The story motivation and the story told. Each story in Tales by Erin needs reading to discover the story told. Yet how each came about is quite a mystery. The story told rarely uncovers what motivated the telling. I'll explain;
Miss Fruitcake's Apple Blossom: I wanted to replace a pen and did a poor job Googling ‘Faber-Castell.’ The result revealed how the three Fabergé eggs produced in 1901 had all been smuggled out of Russia. This information along with my limited knowledge of Russian history became a trigger for Miss Fruitcake's Apple Blossom.
Caveman: Thinking about how and why some people can be so thoughtlessly violent it dawned on me, we all can. When it suits.
A C4 on the BW: Have you ever shared time and space with someone who insists on explaining doom and gloom and ends each outburst with a silent stare before adding, ‘Aren’t we lucky.’
Growing Pains: I discovered a colleague worried constantly that thugs might push her in the river and everyone watching might laugh as she drowned. Made me think how little I understand people and how horrible it must be to live under an umbrella of constant fear.
A Passing Moment: – Part one of a trilogy titled ‘Moments.’ I actually witnessed a woman spit in the face of a stranger at a shopping centre. The spitter, who looked perfectly reasonable on the outside, seemed to believe she was representing decency because the other woman happened to be wearing a hijab.
A Further Moment: – Moments part two. Flows from the motivation behind, A Passing Moment.
Warrior Chick: This story was research for a novel. I wanted to develop my own understanding of how the protagonist might interact with colleagues.
The Last Page: I watched a documentary on capital punishment and was fine until a rabbit was executed to test the equipment. The poor rabbit hadn't harmed anyone. Seemed so senselessly cruel and it occurred to me that everyone in the documentary was as powerless as the rabbit.